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Palgrave Macmillan

Between Empires

Martí, Rizal, and the Intercolonial Alliance

ISBN 9781137332950
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Caribbean Studies

In 1898, both Cuba and the Philippines achieved their independence from Spain and then immediately became targets of US expansionism. This significant book compares the anti-imperial literature and history of Cuba and the Philippines, focusing on the writings of José Martí and José Rizal, the most prominent nationalist authors. Caught between the two empires, Cubans and Filipinos shared similar colonial experiences as well as anti-imperial struggles. Through literary and historical studies, Koichi Hagimoto argues that Martí and Rizal construct the conceptual framework for an 'intercolonial alliance' at the turn of the century.


Koichi Hagimoto is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, USA.

Introduction: Phantoms of José Martí and José Rizal
1. Anti-Colonial Melodramas: Gender Relations and the Discourse of Resistance in Noli me tangere and Lucía Jerez
2. Theatrical Performance in the Manifesto: Comparative Analysis of Martí's 'Manifiesto de Montecristi' and Rizal's 'Filipinas dentro de cien años'
3. Cuban and Filipino Calibans Confront the Modern Empire
4. Conversations Across the Pacific: Masonry, Epistolary, and Journal Writing
Afterword


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"Between Empires is an outstanding example of intellectual history about the Cuban José Martí and the Filipino José Rizal. Although others have studied points of contact between Martí and Rizal, Hagimoto's study is significant because of the extensive nature of his examination of continuities between the two writers under the theoretical umbrella of intercolonial alliance. It constitutes an important model for other ways of viewing postcoloniality in the Caribbean and Latin America beyond the models of Marxist revolution, and it makes a notable contribution to the growing and fascinating bibliography of Asian-Latin American cultural relations." - David William Foster, Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, USA
"Koichi Hagimoto's comparative, post-colonial study reveals a fascinating intercolonial alliance against Spain and the United States between two countries under the yoke of the Spanish Empire: Cuba and the Philippines. Focusing on their respective iconic forefathers, Hagimoto shows us that, even though José Martí fought for independence while José Rizal was a reformist, their novels, manifestos, and chronicles show a collective consciousness of resistance many years before the emergence of a 'Third World' consciousness and anti-imperial collaboration that culminated in the 1955 Bandung Conference of non-aligned nations. As Hagimoto acutely points out, their prophetic views on the United States' relationship with the rest of the world, as this new empire saw their respective countries as targets of its expansionism, are still relevant today." - Ignacio López-Calvo, Professor of Latin American Literature, University of California, Merced, USA
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